# How Many Tons Of Dirt In A Cubic Yard?

A cubic yard is an imperial measurement and is used to measure and record the volume of a particular substance. A cubic yard is equivalent to a cube sized container, with each of its dimensions (height, depth, width) measuring one yard, or almost three and a half feet, in length. The cubic yard is used in countries such as Britain, America and Canada. On the other hand, a ton is a measurement of weight, so the conversion of a measurement of a ton to that of a cubic yard is a little complicated. This is because one measures volume, the other measures weight - it is much simpler to convert measurements which measure the same thing, for example, to convert centimeters into inches, as they both measure length. Also, the figures will depend on the density of the "dirt" you wish to measure. For example, wet dirt will be denser than dry dirt, so a cubic yard of wet dirt would contain more weight than a cubic yard of dry dirt.

According to online calculators, one cubic yard is equivalent to 0.27 tons. Therefore, two cubic yards are equivalent to 0.54 tons, three cubic yards are equivalent to 0.81 tons and so on. However, when taking measurements, you should take into consideration what I said above about density - the density of your substance could severely affect your measurements. It may be a good idea to get in touch with a local builder, contractor or other such professional, as they may be able to help you calculate the exact measurements of your "dirt" more accurately. This service will probably be free, just as getting a quote for the services provided by the professional is usually free.

For a good online calculator which can convert tons to cubic yards and vice versa, you should try here: http://www.unitconversion.org/volume/cubic-yards-to-ton-registers-conversion.html. This calculator is very easy to use, free, and is also quick at returning your measurements.
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Dry excavated earth weighs approx. 1 ton per cubic yd., average moisture fill dirt 1 1/2 tons per yd.
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A ton of dirt? 1 cubic yard of dry sand roughly weighs 1 ton (2,000 lbs).
1 yard = 3 feet
1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet)
1 cubic foot = 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches (or 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot).
A cube is an object that has 3 dimensions: Width, length, and depth. So, when something is said to be cubed it means that it is measured in the 3 dimensions of width x length x depth.
On the other hand, a square casually refers to an object of 2 dimensions: Width and length. When something is said to be "squared" it means it is measured in the 2 dimensions of width x height.
Cubic measurements are used for measuring volumes. Think of an ice cube, for example, it has 3 dimensions.
Square measurements are used for measuring areas. A house lot, for instance, may be said to be so many square feet. This refers to the area of the land that the house sits on.
A square yard and a cubic yard, what's the difference? A square yard is when you square two sides that measure 3 feet each. That is, 3 feet in width times 3 feet in length equals 9 squared feet (3 x 3 = 9). A cubic yard, as described above, is when you cube 3 feet. That is, 3 feet times 3 feet times 3 feet equals 27 cubed feet (3 x 3 x 3 = 27).
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